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Monday, August 19, 2019

Dentists Expand Services to Elective Cosmetic Facial Procedures

Today, more and more dentists have expanded their practices beyond teeth-cleanings, crowns and cavity fillings, to offer light facial treatments such as dermal fillers, Botox injections, and small sutures to lift and tighten the skin. Whether this is the right option for your dental practice requires serious consideration, and the advice of an attorney who provides legal services to dental professionals.

The Applications of Non-Surgical Procedures

Regulatory boards began authorizing the use of Botox and other non-surgical cosmetic procedures over a decade ago. While these treatments can help patients look fresh and rejuvenated, certain procedures can be used on more than cosmetic applications. Botox, for example, can also be used to treat joint disorders in the jaw, as well as conditions like teeth grinding and migraines.

As more regulatory boards across the nation accepted the use of Botox and fillers as a standard dental practice, more dentists began using them for cosmetic and other procedures. Of course, dentists who include non-surgical facial treatments in their practices must be certified, whether they are using Botox injections to smooth forehead lines or more complex fillers to tighten skin along the neck and jawline.

In short, to be a successful provider of facial injections, a dentist must be familiar with facial anatomy and also understand how to handle complications that could arise. Though teeth remain the focus of dentists’ work, dentists have long been involved in the soft tissues around the mouth. Their objective is not only to improve patients’ smiles, but to properly frame the teeth with non-surgical cosmetic procedures. 

Is Facial Cosmetic Work a Good Fit for My Dental Practice?

Currently, about 10 to 20 percent of dentists have been trained in these procedures and patients are often unaware that cosmetic facial treatments are available. Nonetheless, more dental patients are seeking Botox treatments and fillers, even though insurance typically does not cover dental procedures. 

The goal for the dentist is to design a treatment that will accentuate a patient’s natural features. Some observers believe that cosmetic facial treatments are a natural extension of dentistry because of the unique relationship between patients and doctors, which lends itself to having an open discussion to determine the best course of treatment.

Whether you should expand your dental services to include facial cosmetic work depends on patient demand. It is also important to consider potential liabilities associated with offering such procedures, which makes having proper legal representation crucial.

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